April 7, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The Kaskaskia College softball team rallied from deficits twice Monday to sweep a doubleheader from John A. Logan College, 9-5 and 3-1.

In the opener, the Volunteers took a 4-0 lead after one inning on a pair of two-run homers by Kelsey Rogers and Kelsey Robinson. Freshman pitcher Jen Bailey was unable to make the lead stand.

She was touched for five runs in the fourth highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Blue Angels’ third baseman Hanna Yung.

Logan tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth when Robinson reached on an error and came around to score on a double by Briah Winchester.

In the top of the seventh, however, Bailey was roughed up for four runs that proved to the difference in the game.

A bases loaded walk to Allison Lewis followed by a three-run double by Jordan Lodge did the damage.

In the nightcap, Vols’ sophomore righthander Jolyn Lake took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning, but couldn’t close out the victory.

With one out, Sarah Entwistle fouled off several pitches and then singled off Lake.  A wild pitch advanced her to second. Katie Jolliff then doubled to tie the game and Kaskaskia took the lead on a two-run triple from Macy Shaffner.

Logan scored its only run in the third inning on an RBI single by Robinson, driving in Kiley Pelker, who had tripled. The Vols stranded nine runners in the game and committed three errors.  Offensively, Logan could only manage five hits. Katrina Whitley, Winchester, and Kaylyn Winder had the others.

Vols head coach Bruce Jilek was disappointed with the outcome.

“Kaskaskia didn’t give in when they fell behind 4-0 in Game 1,” he said. “We made some errors leading up to the grand slam and five runs in the fourth inning and then we walked some batters when they scored the four runs in the seventh. The bottom line is that we just didn’t execute our pitches or play well in the field.”

The second game loss was perhaps tougher to take.

“Again, we committed errors – one that would have been the second out in the seventh inning,” Jilek said. “We were our own worst enemies today.”

Logan falls to 6-7 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 11-14 overall. The Blue Angels improve to 8-8 in the league and 12-17 overall.

The Vols are scheduled to play a doubleheader beginning at 2 today at Lake Land College in Mattoon. Next home game is Thursday at 2 p.m. against Wabash Valley.

 

 

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